Monday, February 1, 2010

The Market Report: Colors

The last several weeks have been a bit bumpy around here. Between the holidays, my mom breaking her hip, and TNNA I've been remiss on these pages. Time to get back on the blogging horse, methinks.

Let's start with the new colors. We brought out six new multis at the show in Long Beach. You got a sneak peek of them in Amanda's post about Iris, but I thought you might like a closer look.

First up is Avondale. It's beautiful tonal colorway that makes me think Little Boy Blue. Of course it isn't limited to babies. Or boys.

Calumet came about after a conversation Amanda had with a bunch of folks at Loopy Yarns a few months ago. It's a fresh, updated version of a perennial bestseller, Black Purl. Instead of Charcoal, we're using a rich chocolate brown and some newer purple shades. We were listening. We try to listen.

Then there is Catalpa. Catalpa has been in my basket for a long, long time waiting for the right moment to rear its pretty head. For whatever reason, the acid-y yellows just called out to me. I made a Citron in it and have been wearing it every day. I also think it's a cool nontraditional choice for a baby.

We had a great time talking about Humboldt at market. Some folks immediately thought of Humboldt county in California. Apparently, they grow lots of pot there. (Who knew?) Others thought of the famous blue cheese. Maybe there is some sort of connection?

Naming aside, it makes me think of erasers. Yeah, I know I'm weird. But remember when you were a kid, every once in a while you got a green eraser instead of the pinkish one that was usually on the end of your pencil? I always felt lucky when I got the green eraser. Well, that's what the green in this colorway looks like to me.

Pullman is Amanda's first colorway to make it all the way from the dyepots to the world. She is as proud as can be. And what's not to like about a sophisticated charcoal ombre? It's like a little black's perfect for any occasion.

Last, but not least is Zombie BBQ. This colorway isn't technically new, it's one of the colors we created for Sock Summit last August. The response to it was so overwhelmingly positive that we figured we should make it available in all of our yarns.

So, there you have it. Lorna's Laces Spring 2010 colors. We feel pretty good about them. As always, it will be fun to see how you like them.


pendie said...

yummy colors: the zombie bbq name cracks me up!

margaret in manhattan said...

me likey Zombie BBQ - both the name AND the colorS!
thank you!

sandi said...

Humbolt Fog is a marvelous goat cheese made by Cypress Grove Chevre, which is in Humbolt County. And, yes, weed is high on the list of agricultural products of Humbolt County.

Nerdy Knitter said...

Aah, there's my color--love that chocolate brown/purple-blue combo!!! Hooray for new colors!

HeidiMonkey said...

I just love my zombie bbq socks, the colors are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Lovely colors. . .glad you're back!

Pam said...

If my computer is mixing colors accurately, I'm sold on these colors. Can't wait to get them into our shop.

woolwoman said...

Hope your mom gets along well.

LOVE the new colors - Love Humboldt Fog goat cheese and your new colorway is a must have for any green lover! I'd say there are several here I can't wait to see in person.

Heidi said...

You guys are magicians! Weed, blue cheese, green erasers...all good! Love that colorway but the story is the best!!! I sure hope Rob orders it!